Open Back Banjos
New! Deering Goodtime: Here's a terrific American made, all maple construction, open back 5-string banjo that's perfect for a student or for a person who doesn't want to lug twenty pounds of banjo around at a festival. The maple neck has attractive wood inlays, a traditional style peg head, and sealed geared tuners. The sound is bright and cheerful. and the neck fits the hand easily. You can't go wrong with the Deering Goodtime! $399 Stock#NBH37039 SOLD!
New! Doc's 25/12: Patrick "Doc" Huff lives with his family amid the natural beauty of the coastal range mountains in Oregon. He builds banjos that are as organic looking as they are to hear. Beautiful, hand crafted rims and necks lovingly crafted by this master woodworker and banjo maker. This wonderful sounding open back features a traditional styled 12" block pot with multiple types of wood. The tonal aspects are amazing! Deep, rich bass as well as treble that rings out true. The neck is constructed of Cherrywood with a double streamer and an Ebony fretboard. In this day and age, it is difficult to find anything that is not mass produced or not manufactured in Asia. This 24" scale banjo sounds wonderful and is a real American made hand crafted work of art. With hard case. $2600 Stock#NBC33850
1967 Gibson RB-175 Long Neck: The invention of the 5 string banjo is shrouded in folklore with varying accounts of how it came to be. However, the long neck version is definitely the creation of Mr. Pete Seeger. Years ago Mr. Seeger found that his voice sounded best about 3 frets below standard banjo tuning. He took his banjo to Mr. John D'Angelico in New York City where the famed guitar maker added 3 more frets to Mr. Seeger's banjo. When the great folk group fad hit in the '50s and '60s, you couldn't show yourself on stage with a standard necked instrument. No, it had to be the long neck version with a capo at the 3rd fret, because goodness knows, you wouldn't actually play it in the lower register, unless of course, you had Pete Seeger's vocal range. Vega, Gibson, Ode, and many other makers jumped on the long neck bandwagon and began to churn out extended neck varieties. Some have found their way into dusty closets, others have been passed down to generations who regard them as curiosities and shrug their shoulders and move on. However, if you pick the banjo and have a voice in the second tenor range, then climb on board with George Grove, Dick Weissman, Alex Hassilev and others and embrace your folk roots. With original chipboard case. $1000 Stock#UBB33774
Used Gold Tone CEB-5 Cello Banjo: Banjo playing is all about fun. Certainly nobody ever got into banjo for the money. This deep sounding open back is tuned an octave below the standard 5 string and has a rich throaty sound. Outfitted with nylon strings, it recalls the antebellum days where folks would sit around and sing songs written by that new songwriter Stephen Foster. With hard case. $795 Stock#UBB36472
New! Flinthill FHB-260: You just can't beat the solid value in this professional-grade banjo: the FHB-260 has the pre-war look, vibe and that authentic pre-war tone! Fitted with a select Maple neck and resonator in a high-gloss, black finish, this beauty is crowned with glistening Pearloid decorated with Art Deco designs on the peghead and the back of the resonator. A Rosewood fingerboard inlaid w/Deco inlays in white Pearl, heavily-plated nickel hardware and a pre-war-style, 20-hole cast flathead tone ring are all part of this killer bluegrass package! With hard case. $750 Stock#NBH37050
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